SpokenWord open mic every Monday from 2nd Jan au Chat Noir, Open Secret (the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes) every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sunday from 8th Jan in 2017

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Matt Jones – guest poet at SpokenWord 27th Feb 2017

matt-jonesSpokenWord theme: Reincarnation

Matt Jones has penned prose and poetry about his experiences in Canada, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, China, and while on a warship. In Ottawa he worked as the artistic director of VERSeFest 2015, and was an editor of In/Words magazine, where he published a chapbook, “White Flowers and Landmines.” In 2014 he won Arc Poetry Magazine‘s Readers’ Choice Award for his poem “Wounded Village.” Published in Arc, Scintilla, and Ottawater, among other places, Matt currently writes in Paris.

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Yann Rousselot to guest this Monday

This week on SpokenWord… (theme: Electronic Vices and Devices)

Yann Rousselot is a translator, writer, and poet. He grew up in airport lounges and diplomatic enclaves in the company of his brothers, his sister, and countless cheap suitcases, raised across the globe by humanitarian parents. Graduate of the Sorbonne (Language & Literature) and the University of London Institute in Paris (Translation), he is a regular spoken word performer at Au Chat Noir, Culture Rapide, and le Bordel de la Poésie. His work has been featured in Paris Lit Up Magazine, The Bastille magazine, AUP’s Paris/Atlantic Magazine, Thought Catalog, Canopic Jar, Gard Poetry Journal (Turkish), and the Belleville Park Pages. His first collection of poetry, Dawn of the Algorithm, was published by Inkshares in 2015. yann-by-sabine

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Open Secret, 2nite! Poet Filippa Bahrke, & singer/songwriter Declan David Hughes!

Open Secret – intimate open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005 Paris.  8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 le spectacle!

Our theme this Wednesday is taken from the title of luminous featured poet Filippa Bahrke’s new book – “Elsewhere.” Filippa’s bio is below…& this be a Double Feature! There shall also be a set of poignant song by Declan David Hughes…

Filippa is 24 years old and based in Montmartre, Paris. Her debut poetry chapbook, Elsewhere, was published by corrupt press in 2016. She is the winner of the PNSEL poetry prize, and her poems have featured in many magazines and an anthology.

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Kristina Vaughan to guest at SpokenWord Monday 13th Feb

SpokenWord theme – FEELINGS

kristina-1Kristina Vaughan is a Parisian songwriter. She learnt classical piano in French conservatoires, honed the craft of singing and songwriting with coach Jessica Saraf (Sanseverino, Calogero) and started giving concerts in 2013, first as a soloist, then in duo and trio setups. Her music is a blend of Anglo-Saxon and European sounds, as she draws inspiration both from her Czech and Italian origins and from important figures of English songwriting (Sinead O’Connor, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice…). In impressionistic tunes reminiscent of broken cliffs, running water and angry skies, the pianist-singer spins yarns about love, hope and engagement with the world, accompanied by cellist-backup singer Marie Potosniak and, successively, drummer Guillaume Valette, beatboxer Skysoul, and drummer Raphaël Meyrier.
Discover her music on www.kristinavaughan.com.

Kristina is also keyboard player and backup singer in French prog rock band Jadallys (www.jadallys.com). In February 2017, she is launching an English lyrics writing workshop for non-native speakers, Naked Lyrics (http://nakedlyrics.wixsite.com/nakedlyrics).


SpokenWord sign up from 8pm, poetics begin underground from 8.30pm
Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes
1 euro entry

Cheers all,
David Barnes

Photos (c) by Sabine Dundure

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Fumbling towards ecstasy,” featuring You! :)


Open Secret, that intimate open mic, Wednesday nights underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Tonight’s theme: “Fumbling towards ecstasy…”
At 8, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9pm le spectacle…Share your gorgeous art with this tight-knit community – poetry, song, comedy, bizarre performance art (encouraged), theater scenes/monologues, live painting, silent dancing, & whatever else you can invent! See you @ Le Bistrot!

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Monalisa Maione to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 6th—Monday’s Theme: Generations

Monalisa Malone

Monalisa Malone

MONALISA MAIONE is a two-time Pushcart nominated feminist poet living between California and Paris, France. Her poems often tackle the nature of power and control of institutions, both political and sociological on individuals and the natural world. She tends to explore a precise idea using clean imagery and sharp language to expose a side of common life that is often taken for granted. Her poems, interviews and voice are found in 30 Years of the SLO Poetry Festival, Miller Street Memories, The Long Islander, I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand, Cultural Weekly L.A., The Fem, The Rogue Voice, South Florida Poetry Journal, and others. She is an accomplished reader, having appeared in major venues and festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, San Luis Obispo, Paris and recently, at the prestigious Tanta International Poetry Festival in Egypt where her poems were beautifully translated into Arabic. Monalisa lives with a brain injury, which informs her life and work in difficult, beautiful and mysterious ways. Poetry is her constant companion.

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Gabrielle Agachiko to guest at Spokenword Paris on January 30th. Theme: War & Peace.

16237271_10202678824167957_1862333638_nGabrielle Agachiko is a jazzsinger, songwriter, activist and performance artist. Her collaborations include William Esper, Atom said, Russ Gershon. As an activist, she has worked on various Peace committees and initiatives, she was an organizer for STARC (Stop the Apartheid Rugby Committee), she worked at the UN for the Organization of African Unity and she was the Organizer for the Boston chapter of March Against Monsanto and most recently participated as a performance poet in 100 Thousand Poets for Change here in Paris. Her beloved Paris.

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Open Secret, 2nite @ Melocoton: Poet Zoé Besmond de Senneville!


.***Open Secret, just this Wednesday, will be @ Melocoton!!!*** 10 rue Descartes, 5è Paris…Your own personal experimental open mic…Not far from the usual spot, also in the Latin Quarter. Normal all-night sign-up starting at 8, & the show at 9. Same métro locale, Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). Special guest poet/actor Zoé Besmond de Senneville, accompanied on the keyboard by Ed Bell, from the group Blue Wit… The theme, which her body-grounded poetry inspired, is “The body remembers.”
Zoé is a French actress and poet born and raised in Paris. She has studied acting from Paris to the USA and made her film debut with Marina de Van and Denis Lavant in the adaptation of Thumb O’Neil for Arte. Having recently acted in Srinath Samarasinghe’s On The Skin(Sur La Peau), in 2016 and 2017 she has been onstage with the Makizart/La Poursuite in Molière’s The Miser, and with the collective Les Jenous in The Miracle of the Deglingue. Zoé has been creating poetry since 2015 and performs here and there with visual artists such as Zoé Stark and 3615. http://zoebesmonddesenneville.tumblr.com/…  http://xyzoeoh.tumblr.com/

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Open Secret, 2nite! “What are we?” Featuring…you! :)


Open Secret! That intimate, innovative open mic (now 2 years old!) Wednesdays at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris. At 8pm, nightlong sign-up sparks, then at 9 the fireworks begin…Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). Your own personal lab for experimental spoken & sung words!

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Malik Crumpler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 16th. Theme: Paradox

malikMalik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper and music producer that’s released several albums, short films and five books of poetry.He founded the literary journals: Madmens CallingVisceral Brooklyn and Those That This. He is the new curator/ host of Poets Live, Paris. Crumpler also wrote several musicals, ballets/arias commissioned by Harvest Works, Liberation Dance Theater, Firehouse Space, Panoply Lab, B’AM Paris, B’AM Vancouver, and Double Wei Factory. His new EP, Cloaks & Codes  is produced by Thatmanmonkz, the other half of their duo, Madison Washington. More at www.malikameer.com.

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